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Human Rights Activists Protest "Torture Policies" on Former VP Dick Cheney's Porch

Protesters squeeze through front gate; two arrested



    RAW VIDEO: Dozens of actvists went to former Vice President Dick Cheney's northern Virginia house to protest use of torture at Guantanamo Bay. (Published Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015)

    Human rights activists protesting "torture policies" squeezed through the front gate of former Vice President Dick Cheney’s McLean, Virginia, home and demonstrated on his front porch Saturday.

    Fairfax County Police arrived soon after and called the protesters back to the street, police spokesman Roger Henriquez said, Reuters reported.

    The protest was organized to mark the 13th anniversary of the opening of Guantanamo Bay prison, which still holds 127 detainees, Reuters reported.

    In front of Cheney’s gate the activists from the anti-war group CODEPINK and Witness Against Torture put a man in a Cheney mask behind fake prison bars and dressed him in a black-and-white striped jumpsuit.

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    The group carried signs that read “Torturer lives here” and chanted “Arrest Dick Cheney,” “Stop torture now” and “Close Guantanamo Bay.”

    Police arrested two protesters, including the man in the Cheney mask and prison costume. CODEPINK identified them as Tighe Barry, 57, and Eve Tetaz, 83. The group said they were unfairly singled out for arrest, according to Reuters.

    Officers then asked the group to leave the street because they were blocking traffic.

    The crowd dispersed and then gathered at Langley Fork Park. Wearing black hoods and orange jumpsuits, they marched to the front gate of the CIA carrying various signs, including ones that read “Shut Down Guantanamo,” Stop Drone Bombings in Pakistan” and “Is this who we are?” They again called for the Guantanamo Bay prison to be closed and an end of “torture policies.”

    Earlier, the group made its first stop at CIA Director John Brennan’s house in northern Virginia.